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PEDC 9011 Collaborative Learning: Students Working Together
3 Graduate Level or In-service Credits/ 45 Hours Instructor: Jenni Slater December 1-30, April 1-29, July 1-30, September 1-29
University of the Pacific


Working with others is a skill that every student needs to practice. This is not only beneficial to them during their school years but will also help them later in life to be successful in their jobs. Too many times teachers avoid collaborative work in their classroom because group work may become disastrous if not planned correctly. Well, fear no more! This course will help you to become more familiar with all aspects of students working in groups. We will practice different strategies for organizing groups, try different types of collaborative learning and will gain confidence in our teaching while allowing students to work together. This course is appropriate for all areas of instruction including the Arts, ELA, Social Studies, Math, Science and Foreign Language, K -12.


Collaborative Learning: Students Working Together

How will this course help educators to meet the Common Core Standards?

Educators will learn how to integrate collaborative learning across the curriculum to share in the responsibility of teaching literacy to all students. They will learn how to teach students to show evidence of learning  with informational and complex text using academic vocabulary and multiple sources through motivating multi-media experiences based on their individual grade level and subject specialization.  Educators will integrate and create relevant classroom resources to meet specific Anchor Standards in ELA and Mathematics to meet course specific student learning objectives and increase academic success in preparation for college and career readiness.

How will this course benefit my classroom instruction and learning objectives?

Foreign Language and LOTE Teachers

Teachers will learn how to create motivating experiences to facilitate in their foreign language classrooms.  Collaborative learning will be used across the curriculum to help meet the rigor of the CCSS.  Teachers learn how to integrate Foreign Language and LOTE with a wide variety of collaborative learning styles to meet the CCSS ELA Standards: Reading, Speaking, Writing, Listening and Language by creating motivating PowerPoint presentations and lesson plans in addition to a plethora of classroom resources to bring back to the classroom for increased student achievement through informational texts.

English and Language Arts

Teachers will learn how to create culturally rich experiences to facilitate in their ELA classrooms.  Collaborative learning will be used across the curriculum to help meet the rigor of the CCSS.  Teachers learn how to integrate a wide variety of strategies to meet the CCSS ELA Standards: Reading, Speaking, Writing, Listening and Language by creating motivating PowerPoint presentations and lesson plans in addition to a plethora of classroom resources to bring back to the classroom for increased student achievement through informational texts.

Mathematics Teachers

Are your students working together in your math classroom? Teachers will learn collaborative learning styles to make connections to the mathematical practices to mathematical content in mathematics instruction. Teachers will learn how to create a wide variety of classroom resources including lesson planning and PowerPoint presentation to help students learn how to think like a mathematician. Make sense of problems and persevere in solving them, reason abstractly and quantitatively, construct viable arguments and critique the reasoning of others.

Science Teachers

Teachers will integrate collaborative learning methods into their science classroom to make connections to informational text that will expose students to a broad range of genres and multi-media formats. Teachers will learn how to create a wide variety of classroom resources including lesson planning and PowerPoint presentations to help students learn how to think like a scientist. Teachers will use collaborative learning styles in their science classroom to share in the responsibility of facilitating literacy across the curriculum by creating opportunities for students to read, write and answer questions through multiple sources with the focus on academic vocabulary and technical ideas.

 Social Studies Teachers

Teachers will practice the use of new collaborative learning strategies in Social Studies to make connections to informational text that will expose students to a broad range of genres and multi-media formats. Teachers will learn how to create a wide variety of classroom resources including lesson planning and PowerPoint presentations to help students learn about historical events. Teachers will use collaborative learning strategies in their Social Studies classroom to share in the responsibility of facilitating literacy across the curriculum by creating opportunities for students to read, write and answer questions through multiple sources with the focus on academic vocabulary.

The Arts Teachers: Music, Art, Physical Education

Teachers will use new collaborative learning strategies to make connections to informational text that will expose students to a broad range of genres and multi-media formats. Teachers will learn how to create a wide variety of classroom resources including lesson planning and PowerPoint presentations to help students learn how think critically and bridge topics to all other areas of learning. Teachers will new strategies to share in the responsibility of facilitating literacy across the curriculum by creating opportunities for students to read, write and answer questions through multiple sources with the focus on academic vocabulary.

Special Education Teachers

With a variety of different levels and learning styles, using new collaborative learning strategies can be very valuable for Special Education teachers. Teachers will use the relevant Anchor Standards in ELA and Mathematics in conjunction with new strategies to create support and related services to students with disabilities that will expose them to a broad range of genres and multi-media formats. Teachers will learn how to create a wide variety of classroom resources including lesson planning and PowerPoint presentations to help students learn how think critically and bridge topics to all other areas of learning. Teachers will use new collaborative learning strategies to share in the responsibility of facilitating literacy across the curriculum by creating opportunities for students to read, write and answer questions through multiple sources with the focus on academic vocabulary the meet the unique needs of the student.

Social Workers, Guidance Counselors, and School Psychologists

Educators will use the relevant Anchor Standards in ELA and Mathematics in conjunction with new collaborative learning strategies to create support and related services to students that will expose them to a broad range of genres and multi-media formats. Teachers will learn how to create a wide variety of classroom resources including lesson planning and PowerPoint presentations to help students learn how think critically, solve problems and bridge topics to all other areas of learning. Teachers will use the new collaborative learning strategies to share in the responsibility of facilitating literacy across the curriculum by creating opportunities for students to read, write and answer questions through multiple sources with the focus on academic vocabulary the meet the unique needs of the student that will help them for college and career readiness.

Elementary Education Teachers

Teachers will use the relevant Anchor Standards in ELA and Mathematics in conjunction with new collaborative learning strategies to create experiences for students that will expose them to a broad range of genres and multi-media formats. Teachers will learn how to create a wide variety of classroom resources including lesson planning and PowerPoint presentations to help students learn how think critically and bridge topics to all other areas of learning. Teachers will use these new collaborative learning strategies to share in the responsibility of facilitating literacy across the curriculum by creating opportunities for students to read, write and answer questions through multiple sources with the focus on academic vocabulary the meet the unique needs of the student.

Secondary Education Teachers

Teachers will use the relevant Anchor Standards in ELA and Mathematics in conjunction with new collaborative learning strategies to expose students to a broad range of genres and multi-media formats. Teachers will learn how to create a wide variety of classroom resources including lesson planning and PowerPoint presentations to help students learn how think critically and bridge topics to all other areas of learning. Teachers will use these new collaborative learning strategies to share in the responsibility of facilitating literacy across the curriculum by creating opportunities for students to read, write and answer questions through multiple sources with the focus on academic vocabulary the meet the unique needs of their classroom.

Media and Technology Specialists

Educators will use the relevant Anchor Standards in ELA and Mathematics in conjunction with new collaborative learning strategies to expose students to a broad range of genres and multi-media and digital formats.  Educators will learn how to create a wide variety of classroom resources including lesson planning and PowerPoint presentations to help students learn how think critically and bridge topics to all other areas of learning by using technology. Teachers will use new collaborative learning strategies to share in the responsibility of facilitating literacy across the curriculum by creating opportunities for students to read, write and answer questions through multiple sources with the focus on academic vocabulary the meet the unique needs of their classroom.

Career and Vocational Specialists

Educators will use the relevant Anchor Standards in ELA and Mathematics in conjunction with new collaborative learning strategies to expose students to a broad range of genres and multi-media formats. Teachers will learn how to create a wide variety of classroom resources including lesson planning and PowerPoint presentations to help students learn how think critically and bridge topics to all other areas of learning. Teachers will use these new collaborative learning strategies to share in the responsibility of facilitating literacy across the curriculum by creating opportunities for students to read, write and answer questions through multiple sources with the focus on academic vocabulary the meet the unique needs of their classroom and succeed in college and career readiness.